Tandulwadi Trek

Trek name: Tandulwadi Trek

Altitude: 1524 feet above mean sea level
Difficulty level: Moderate to Slightly challenging towards the end. (30 to 45 minutes till 1st plateau; and one more hour to the top from the plateau)

Location: Off Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway (from (Varia Phata)), nearest railway station (Shapale Railway Station) ,
Tandulwadi fort is located near Lalthane village about 104 km from Mumbai, 75 km from Thane and 7.5 km from Saphale Railway station.



Date of scheduled trek: October 28th, 2017. (Saturday).


Trek cost:
Rs.850/- per head. (Rs.100/- discount for “Offbeat Mandala Travellers Club”, Members).
Get in touch with us for club membership.

Trek cost Includes:
Travel by non-ac private transport and trek management.

Trek cost Excludes:
Meals not included, Carry your packed lunch / snack pack.
We will stop on the way for breakfast.
Carry water bottle; flash light in your backpack.
Anything that is not included is excluded.
Cancellation clause applies.



Planned Schedule:
6:00 am Start from Andheri West (Merwans Bakery near Andheri Station, on SV road, opposite Bhramhakumari Hospital)
6:15 am pickup near Andheri Metro Station (Western Express Highway). Participants staying in Andheri East or on Central line can take Metro to reach this location.
6:15 am Pickup near Goregaon on Western Express Highway, near Oberoi Mall
6:30 am Pickup before and after Borivali National Park flyover, along Western Express Highway.
Note: We can pick up participants along Western Express highway on special request.
7:30 am / 8:15 am Stop along the way for breakfast
9:30 am Start of trek
12:00 pm Expected time to reach summit
12:30 pm / 01:00 pm Descend from summit
03:00 pm Start return journey.
06:30 pm Expected Return time to Mumbai.

About Tandulwadi Fort Trek
The fort is said to be about 800 years old and was used as reconnoiter fort to keep a watch on neighboring forts and the Arabian Sea. Tandulwadi is a hilltop fort which offers a great view of the confluence of rivers Vaitarna and Surya. This fort is one of the most beautiful spot for mumbaikars to visit in one day. In thirteenth century, King Bhimdevs kingdom comprised the cities of Shurparak (Nalasopara) and Mahikawati (Mahim). In 1454, the Sultan of Ahmedabad captured Mahikavati (Mahim) and one of his Sardar named Mallik Allauddin was made chief of Tandulwadi fort. Later, the fort was captured by Marathas and finally, it was under Portuguese. After the conquest of Vasai fort by Peshwas, this fort was under the Peshwas.

Tandulwadi has a moderately difficult gradient and it takes about a half hours to reach the main plateau from Tandulwadi village which is situated at the base of the fort. To reach the highest point it takes another one hour. The height of the fort is about 1524 feet.

Upon reaching the main plateau, one can find several rock cut water cisterns. There are no bastions, walls or houses on the fort. There is no evidence of fortification except for a small stone wall on the southern side. A small water pond is situated in the center.

From the top of the fort are seen Kohoj fort, Takmak fort, Asheri fort, Mahalaxmi pinnacle and the Arabian sea.

Location: Tandulwadi Fort is located near Lalthane village in Palghar district, about 104 km from Mumbai, 75 km from Thane and 7.5 km from Saphale Railway station. It is also reachable through the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway NH 8. Upon reaching Varai Phata you have to take a left turn after crossing the bridge over Vaitarna river. A few minutes’ drive on this road and one can see the Tandulwadi fort on the front hillocks. Tandulwadi village is 15 km from the Varai Phata. There are no hotels or restaurants in the village except few grocery shops. Tandulwadi village is well connected by road. Tandulwadi village is a small Varli tribal village. Nowadays Forest Department is making steps to go to the fort from Pimplapada(Lalthane) In rainy season u can also visit Lalthane waterfall situated just under the fort.


Attire
 T-Shirts - Dry Fits or Cotton and comfortable (T-Shirt - thin Full Sleeves is advantage)
Track Pants or Dry Fits: Avoid thick jeans
Hat or Cap 
Sun Glasses
Trekking or Tough Canvas Shoe (Avoid regular sports running shoe)
You may carry one set of change clothes 

Other Items

Personal Snacks (few snacks to munch (Preferably fruits / salad items / Chocolates / Energy Bars etc)..
2 to 3 liters of water per head.
Flash Lights (Preferably Head Lamp) 
Personal Medical kit (General Medical Kit will be available with Nature Knights Group Leader)
Hand Sanitizer, Sun Screen and Mosquito Repellent.

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